A Little Known Shop asked me to record my inventory for my Solo Art Show in October (please come check it out!).

I figured I’d post it here since it’s a great real-life example to a question I get all the time: How many prints do I take to a convention?

It totals to about 106 fan art and 92 original, and 31 uncounted display copies (229 total).  Everything above the yellow is fan art, below is original art.  I only carry 11”x17” posters.  The more popular designs have more, the less popular ones have less.  I make more for a bigger venue, less for a smaller venue, but this is ballpark what I’d have on hand at any given time.  

This format works for me, but not for everyone.  Each venue is different, and each artist is different, with different products and target markets.  Just figured since I made this list and people keep asking, I might as well post it.

sketchmocha asked:
Once you get this you must say 5 nice things about yourself publicly and then send this to 10 of your favourite followers

I don’t really have much nice things to say about myself, so I’ll just stick to interesting ones:

  1. When I was in grade five, I had a pet lab rat whom I named “Tofu” because “everyone else named their pets after candy, so why shouldn’t I name mine after a health food?”
  2. I once did a commission for three rising sixth-graders at a con.  They refused to leave my table until I was done.  An hour later, their mom came over and threw me a $5 tip for “putting up with [her] children.”
  3. The motion capture lab where I worked during college once housed ENIAC, one of the first-ever computers.
  4. When I still worked in animation, I got in the breakfast line behind Guillermo Del Toro.  Then, he turned around and plowed right into me because he is at least a foot taller and straight-up couldn’t see me. Later, he previewed Pacific Rim to the crew and called the trailer, “as subtle as a fart in a spacesuit.”  This is the closest I’ve ever been to a legend.
  5. A few months ago, I told a drunk acquaintance that I worked in the AAA game industry and his reaction was, “Can I have a hug?”


09/07/14 at 7:06PM
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Anonymous asked:
I have a question for you-- how do you store your art? I find myself accumulating a great volume of sketches, drawings, etc. that I don't want to throw away but I don't know what to do with, so I just shove them under my bed. What do you do with all your art?

I keep everything backed up on two portable hard drives and store things I need double copies or frequent access on Google Drive (like my PDF, job application portfolio or my writing) .

Most of my traditional drawings are done in dated sketchbooks, so I just have a shelf on my bookcase with the books in chronological order.  There’ve been about 10 of them since 2008.

I keep my loose or larger work in an 13”x19” Itoya portfolio, which I also keep on the same bookcase.

My oil paintings on canvas board are stacked in my closet.  Since these are usually life studies, I tend to not care, so I throw away the bad, give away the mediocre, and keep only the best.

Doesn’t take up much room at all, really. All things considered, “under the bed” is the same as “on a bookshelf.”

09/04/14 at 9:26PM
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Anonymous asked:
Hello! I'm sorry if you've gotten this question before. I'm new to art alleys, do you have a suggestion for how many prints one should take? Like a general number? Thanks so much!

Print quantities are honestly different for everyone.  More popular artists will need more, and smaller merchandise usually requires higher quantities, too. 

Personally, I only sell 11”x17” prints, so I calculate based on event attendance.  I run about 10-20 of my best-sellers (like Sherlock, Game of Thrones) and then 3-5 of my less popular stuff (like original work).  Lower end being for cons about 1,000-5,000 (like ALA, San Japan) and higher end being for cons of 10,000+ (like Otakon).

Certain cons will surprise you though!  My style does awful in Southern California, so I print on the lower end for AX.  But some venues are just easier because the artist-customer ratio is higher, so I print on the high end for NanDesuKan.

09/04/14 at 8:31PM
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teganbobegan replied to your photo “#characterdesign sketches for #straffventure from #mistborn . #cosmere…”

Did you learn this style?

Kind of? I learned a lot of techniques and facial anatomy, but the choices I made when designing/exaggerating the faces were based off things I’d seen and liked in cartoons.

08/07/14 at 1:48PM
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Anonymous asked:
Hi, i was wondering whats the specific name for that special pen (or whatever it is) you use to wet watercolor drawings?

I don’t actually use watercolor, so I’m guessing that you meant the Niji Waterbrush: http://www.dickblick.com/products/niji-waterbrush/

07/16/14 at 9:20AM
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juanjolras replied to your post “Are all your drawings drawn by hand? They dont look computerized either. They just look so flawless, that it doesnt even seem they were drawn by a human!! You’re truly amazing.”

gahhhh that perspectice illustrationspost is still one of my fave things you’ve ever done. Were those colored digitally or traditionally, I can’t tell. Like what was the combo of digital/traditional you used? Digital lines, traditional color?

Ahaha, the ~~mystery~~.  It went like this:

  • Plot perspective digitally and print out blue lines.
  • "Ink" traditionally with mechanical pencil, scan back in.
  • Print cleaned lines on toned paper and shade values-only with marker and white pencil.
  • Scan back in and color using gradient maps and overlay/multiply/color layers.

They took a long time.  Not the most efficient process, but working traditionally gave the ability to be productive but still leave my house.  :|

((I get cabin fever really easily.))

07/15/14 at 11:07AM
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whimsicallymad asked:
Are all your drawings drawn by hand? They dont look computerized either. They just look so flawless, that it doesnt even seem they were drawn by a human!! You're truly amazing.

I really just use whatever’s easiest for the process or convenient at the time.  Like, I work traditionally while traveling but digitally for perspective drawings.

For example, this was done entirely in my sketchbook, and this was done entirely digitally.  This is a combination where I moved between both traditional and digital.

07/15/14 at 10:53AM
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nakedwallfish asked:
what did you make for your game of thrones feast?
Here are links, with recipes.  I had to make a few substitutions depending what was on sale (raspberries for blackberries, dates for figs/currants/raisins).  

Total meal served about 20-30 people at about $10-15/person, with leftovers.  I cooked largely by myself over the course of three days.  My sous-chef helped me wash dishes and cut vegetables.

06/09/14 at 5:19PM
#game of thrones    #nakedwallfish    #foodporn    #asoiaf    #food    #faq   
Anonymous asked:
Are you still working on Prince?

Good question - I want to, but currently, I’m not.  

I was steadily working through the writing in January of last year, but I went through some major career and social upheaval.  I spent 2013 handling time-consuming, unforeseen changes that forced me to put personal work aside.  Writing is a very intense activity for me which requires a calm environment.  If you are curious, the current statuses are:

  • Little Mermaid - finished.
  • Red Riding Hood - second draft.
  • Cinderella - first draft in progress.
  • Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White - outlined.

I have one more fairy tale to decide between (Rapunzel or Snow Queen??), and no illustrations have been started.

Ironically, I’ve been nursing Prince since I was 2009, and all the gender-bend Disney popping up recently makes me want to just finish the damn thing.  Luckily, my routine’s more stable as of last week.  My current major goal is to finish editing my 100 Themes Project before it becomes too old to self-publish.  Prince is scheduled immediately after.

To be honest, there are times I’ve considered burying both projects (and others) for good, so messages like this help keep it alive. ;_; <3 Alas, I wish I had more time on my hands! *buys a house in the woods and writes forever*

05/05/14 at 10:15AM
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Anonymous asked:
Do you play Dungeons and Dragons?

I did. I’ve just been too busy since I started working.  It’s hard to find a good campaign, especially because I’m a super comedic player.  I had a really great DM in college.  He would come up with stat mods for me to make the most ridiculous characters.  For example:

  • A shetland pony centaur who was kicked out of her clan for being short and thus makes a living giving pony rides to children.
  • A shaman who turns into a bear, has a bear familiar who is actually his cousin who can no longer magic himself back because he has no voice and no thumbs, who carries a bag of tricks that only produces bears.

You’d be surprised how useful the second guy was. Too useful, in fact. So the DM decided the next adventure was going to be a Pirates’ High Seas Adventure. -_-;

03/19/14 at 11:08AM
#Anonymous    #dnd    #dungeons and dragons    #faq   

Hey, I know a lot of you have been coming here from my process  tutorial and my hands tutorial.  

I haven’t been drawing that much lately, so I finally uploaded all the video tutorials I made with my buddy Evan (who runs an awesome Japan tour company which I’ll be going on!).  Enjoy!




You can also see my fugly face, ahaha…. back when my hair was still a normal color.

01/24/14 at 3:16PM
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fcurs asked:
hi! long time fan here - i was hoping to gain some advice. i recently left an undergrad in engineering to go into design (specifically industrial or crafts and i'm looking into visual arts as well) and was wondering for any tips on developing my portfolio + things to do and avoid + perhaps if you're willing to share what your portfolio contained. thanks for your help!!

I think, because you’re just entering the visual field, you should try a lot of aspects.  Especially in school, there’s plenty of time to experiment. Cover the basics (perspective, anatomy, color, composition, etc), but find some part you’re really passionate about (character design, prop design, storyboarding, etc).

In the end, your portfolio should showcase your specialty and give a clear idea of what you want to do.  Try for an 80%/20% split.

If you’re curious, here is my web portfolio and my print portfolio.  The print one is more targeted, so I show that off first and people go to the website to see more.

01/19/14 at 3:39PM
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Anonymous asked:
I believe it was you who owned this. What is that thing you wear on your hand and wrist to support your wrist and also not smudge your artwork? I'm in need of one

Yes, I wear a brace when drawing to prevent RSI.  Different people like different styles, but since mine’s preventative, I use this minimal one.  There are more on the company website, though.

I got it at a local drugstore.  At least in the United States, this brand is widely available over the counter, but I’m sure there are many options in most pharmacies.

01/06/14 at 9:30PM
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Anonymous asked:
Hi, I think your blog is so rad! I know you've mentioned that companies don't really care what school you go to so much as what your portfolio is like, but I was wondering how often you see graduates from the Art Institute in the animation industry. (Particularly, I'm looking at the Art Institute of Seattle, if that helps.)

I don’t know anyone from AI Seattle, but I’ve met successful folks from other AIs (Orange County, Santa Monica, Denver, Dallas).  I bet there are Seattle folks that I just haven’t met.

However, the individuals I know tend to have mixed feelings about their education: all of them studied heavily outside of what their classes required, and many dropped the AI program without finishing. Again, it’s not the school - it’s the student: portfolio and work ethic aren’t necessarily tied to an institution.

11/29/13 at 10:28AM
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